People gather information and process it in a variety of ways. In order to ensure experiences and data are effectively tied to memory, we all make use of all our senses, all of our senses. When the term multisensory is applied to the art of teaching it refers to an instructional model that helps students retain information by engaging more than one sense at a time. Besides using auditory lessons, a multisensory approach uses visuals and kinesthetics. When a child dances to a happy song that explains a lesson that is reinforced with pretty pictures and perhaps a pertinent smell, or tactical event, then the likelihood of the child retaining the lesson are stronger.
- Basically, multisensory refers to using more than one sense to perceive the world around us.
- When the term multisensory is applied to learning it indicates that the student is making use of hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and feeling and motion in their learning process.
- It’s been shown that multisensory approaches to teaching and learning can affect a greater number of students than more traditional modalities.
“When experiences tap into all our senses as well as a variety of ways that we can process and organize information, not only does it grab our attention, but it becomes extremely memorable.”